Here’s the link to the first post in this series: Five Reading/Book Quotes from Pride and Prejudice Part 1/4
In the second fourth of the book, it became harder to find quotes related to reading books, so I had to stretch the theme by including a quote related to reading letters.
“I shall be glad to have the library to myself as soon as may be.”
This is from a humorous part in which Mr. Bennet not-so-subtly asks everyone to give him peace and quiet in the library. It seems that his library, the place where he most expects to find quiet, is often invaded by loud and ever-in-a-crisis members of his family.
Mary might have been prevailed on to accept him (Mr. Collins). She rated his abilities much higher than any of the others; there was a solidity in his reflections which often struck her, and though by no means so clever as herself, she thought that if encouraged to read and improve himself by such an example as hers, he might become a very agreeable companion.
“Such of us as wished to learn never wanted the means. We were always encouraged to read, and had all the masters that were necessary.”
He (Colonel Fitzwilliam) now seated himself by her (Elizabeth), and talked so agreeably of Kent and Hertfordshire, of travelling and staying at home, of new books and music, that Elizabeth had never been half so well entertained in that room before; and they conversed with so much spirit and flow, as to draw the attention of Lady Catherine herself, as well as of Mr. Darcy. His eyes had been soon and repeatedly turned towards them with a look of curiosity.
He (Mr. Darcy) had by that time reached it (the gate) also, and, holding out a letter, which she (Elizabeth) instinctively took, said, with a look of haughty composure, “I have been walking in the grove some time in the hope of meeting you. Will you do me the honour of reading that letter?” And then, with a slight bow, turned again into the plantation, and was soon out of sight.
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